Mountain Traverse to Lake Chelan Lodge
- Alpine Backpacking
- Remote Town & Lodge
- Boat Ferry Out
- Mountain Lakes
- Pristine Wilderness
- Unique Adventure
We wager to say that there are few things better in this life than “roughing it” through pristine mountains, and then being rewarded with the amenities of a remote, cozy lodge. This spectacular North Cascades adventure provides exactly that, and is one of Wildland’s most unique tour offerings. It combines three days and two nights of iconic North Cascades backpacking with two nights at a lakeside lodge in a remote mountain town with no road access, and a scenic boat ferry back to our starting point.
The backpacking portion of our trip takes us over alpine passes and past stunning mountain lakes through the pristine wilderness of North Cascades National Park. On Day 3 we drop into a majestic mountain lake, surrounded by sheer, forested mountains on all sides, and home to the amazing Pacific Northwest town of Stehekin (population 75). For the next two nights we soak up modern comforts in a rustic setting, as we settle into a comfortable lodge on the shores of Lake Chelan. We’ll enjoy delicious meals, swim in the lake, explore the quirky town, embark on an optional day hike and take advantage of ample time to simply relax. The final punctuation mark on this amazing trip is a beautiful boat ferry returning us to civilization.
$290 Single Supplement
Unless otherwise requested, we will attempt to find you a roommate of the same gender. If you would like a single room, the single supplement will apply.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
The cruxes of this trek lie in the first river crossing which if attempted early season can be challenging due to the runoff from snowmelt. One of our mountain passes can also be challenging, if attempted too early in the season, due to lingering snow. There is potential for hiking on steeper glaciated terrain that would requires micro spikes (provided) and enhanced caution.
Up to 8.4 miles
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
Up to 3100 ft
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-10 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Potentially hiking on ice or snow
- Challenging river crossings
- Hiking with occasional, moderate heights exposure
SOLITUDE LEVEL 3
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this North Cascades National Park hike a solitude 3. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers per day during the backpacking portion, and to be around other visitors most of the time in Stehekin.
Seattle is one of the United States’ most convenient cities to travel to. SeaTac (Seattle-Tacoma) Airport is one of the most easily accessed destinations in the country. Many major cities in the United States and internationally offer direct flights into Seattle. Please stay at one of our recommended hotels (coming soon!), all of which have airport shuttles so you do not have to rent a vehicle.
MINIMUM OF 2 GUESTS
If a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and notify guests of changes and options immediately.
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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.
Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations.
PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP
- 2 People: Rate x 2.5
- 3 People: Rate x 1.75
- 4 People: Rate x 1.25
- 5+ People: Rate x 1.15
*all rates are per person